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Twins players of the month: June

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A 15-12 month still has some great standouts

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June has officially wrapped up and the Minnesota Twins still hold a commanding 8.0 game lead over the Indians in the AL Central division. June was the worst month so far for the Twins, going 15-12, suffering a weird amount of injuries and being snubbed on some All Star participants. 15-12 is still a 90 win pace so don’t get too worried. Today we will be looking at three standouts from the month. One batter, one starter and one reliever. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Twinkie Town Hitter of the Month: Max Kepler

The first two months had Jorge Polanco as the hitter of the month but Kepler had to make his All Star case and he did it in a big way, hitting for a line of .271/.364/.604 (.968) with 9 home runs, 17 RBIs 5 doubles and 17 runs scored. He had a wRC+ of 151 and a wOBA of .398 and he had a team leading 1.3 WAR.

Nelson Cruz came very close, and I actually had him in here until I was convinced against it because his hitting stats are a bit better but when you dig deeper, Kepler is the answer. Cruz only had 1.0 WAR compared to the 1.3 from Kepler and Kepler also got it done in the important/clutch situations. The WPA (win probability added) for Kepler was an elite 1.27 with Cruz at 0.47 while Kepler also performed much better in high leverage situations.

Sadly Kepler was robbed of the All Star Game but maybe he will get a chance as a replacement.

Twinkie Town Starter of the Month: Jose Berrios

For the first two months, this award went to Jake Odorizzi, but Berrios really stepped up in a big way this month. He had a 2.06 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 7.71 K/9 and 1.54 BB/9 over 35 innings pitched. He was another player making a strong push for the All Star Game, just to join Kepler on the All Snub team. Overall Berrios pitched extremely well all month, going deep when we really needed him too and shutting down teams like the Royals with ease.

His biggest competition for the award was probably Michael Pineda who quietly had an ERA of 3.58, K/9 of 8.13 and a FIP of 2.51 but it wasn’t quite good enough to beat out Berrios. Like Max Kepler, I expected to see Berrios in the All Star Game but he didn’t quite cut it. Hopefully he also becomes a replacement pick.

Twins Reliever of the Month: Taylor Rogers

The elite left handed reliever in the Twins bullpen went out and did his thing so June was business as usual. Rogers put together an outstanding 11.1 innings with an ERA of 1.59, a K/9 of 10.32, a WHIP of just 0.44 and a WAR of 0.4 in June. He also stacked up the most saves with 6 compared to 2 from Blake Parker. Rogers has put himself clearly atop the Twins bullpen and he is looking like someone who will be extremely valuable when October baseball rolls around.

  • April winners: Jorge Polanco, Jake Odorizzi & Taylor Rogers
  • May winners: Jorge Polanco, Jake Odorizzi & Ryne Harper
  • June winners: Max Kepler, Jose Berrios & Taylor Rogers

All three of these players have looked like they are deserving of an All Star spot so hopefully at least a couple of them are selected as replacements in the coming days.


Who was the MVP of June?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Max Kepler
    (119 votes)
  • 18%
    Jose Berrios
    (29 votes)
  • 6%
    Taylor Rogers
    (10 votes)
158 votes total Vote Now